Day1_AthensLandacapeAgoraTempleOfHephaestus This week we move away from Israel to Athens, Greece and New Testament times.  This photo is from the Acropolis looking down into the Athens Agora or “meeting place.”  When on the Acropolis, one is reminded of Paul’s words in Acts 17:16 – “Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.”  From the temples of gods to altars and statues left behind even today, this city certainly had its share of deities to earn it this description.

This photo is also a good perspective on Athens’s setting in the hills of the Grecian mainland, with the hills in the background and the modern city surrounding the ancient sites.  The temple of Hephaestus is prominent in the Agora greenery.